ICDP EVENTS



March 31, 2021
Professor Christof Heyns

ICDP mourns the sudden demise of eminent human rights scholar and practitioner Professor Christof Heyns

It is with great sadness that the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) mourns the sudden demise of the eminent human rights lawyer, scholar, human rights defender, practitioner and our friend Professor Christof Heyns
March 26, 2021

Women and Death Penalty: Victims of a cruel and inhumane practice that has no place in the 21st Century

The International Commission against the Death Penalty warmly welcomes former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais as its new Commissioner
March 24, 2021

Governor Northam signs into law the bill abolishing the death penalty making Virginia the 23rd USA state free of capital punishment

On 24 March 2021, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in his state. By doing so, Virginia has become the 23rd state in the USA to end capital punishment
February 23, 2021
marta santos

ICDP welcomes former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais as its new Commissioner

The International Commission against the Death Penalty warmly welcomes former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais as its new Commissioner
February 19, 2021
Tsakhia Elbegdorj commissioner ICOMDP

Participation of ICDP Commissioner former President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj in the UN Biennial high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty

ICDP Commissioner and former President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj participated on 23 February in the biannual high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty during the 46th session of the Human Rights Council
February 2, 2021

ICDP Opinion Piece on “Executions of prisoners in the US as an electoral argument “

Opinion Piece by ICDP President Judge Navi Pillay, Founding President Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Honorary Member José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Commissioner Bill Richardson and Executive Director Asunta Vivó Cavaller
January 15, 2021

Kazakhstan ratifies the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

On 2 January, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. signed the law to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
December 18, 2020

Eighth UNGA Moratorium Resolution : Record number of 123 member-states in favour, 38 against and 24 abstained

On 16 December 2020 , the eighth UNGA Resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty was voted at the UNGA plenary session by a record number of 123 member-states who voted in its favour, 38 member-states voted against the resolution, while 24 abstained
December 18, 2020

2020 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe award to ICDP

The Jury of the North-South prize of the Council of Europe decided to award the 2020 Prize to ICDP and to the Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change Network of the Union for the Mediterranean
December 11, 2020
Commission against the Death Penalty webinar

The International Commission against the Death Penalty hosted a webinar on 14 December 2020

To celebrate Human Rights Day, the International Commission against the Death Penalty will host a webinar on 14 December 2020. The event will be special as 2020 marks the tenth anniversary for the Commission, which was founded in October 2010 in Madrid
November 28, 2012

10 December “Time to abolish the Death Penalty” ICDP event in Padua

On the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights and in the framework of the 30th Anniversary of the Human Rights Centre of the University of […]
October 9, 2012

ICDP public event on occasion of World Day, 9 October 2012 Madrid

On the 9th of October, on the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty (10 of October), ICDP hosted a public debate with members […]
October 4, 2012

EU event in Geneva on the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October

The International Commission against the Death Penalty welcomes the European Union event, Abolition of the death penalty – Ten years of joint efforts. The panel was cosponsored […]
July 17, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: Moving away from the death penalty – Lessons from National experience

The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) was invited by the United Nations to participate in a panel discussion on “Moving away from the death […]
October 23, 2013

International experts welcome efforts toward the abolition of the death penalty in South East Asia; Bangkok, 23 October 2013

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand organized an expert […]
October 10, 2013

Celebrating World Day Against the Death Penalty, 10 October: Parliamentarians, a critical force in promoting the abolition of the death penalty

Panel discussion: Parliamentarians, a critical force in promoting the abolition of the death penalty The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) jointly with the Inter-Parliamentary […]
September 26, 2013

ICDP delegation participates in the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2013, Warsaw, Poland

An ICDP delegation was invited to participate by the OSCE on 2 October when it conducted a Working Session (Session 15) which focused on the Rule […]
July 25, 2013

China: ICDP hosts meeting on the death penalty

In July 2013 ICDP Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss met with a delegation of Chinese academics and legal practitioners led by Mr. Song Yinghui, Vice Dean, College for […]
June 21, 2013

Roundtable “Belarus – Religion and Death Penalty”, Minsk, 21 June 2013

The Council of Europe organised a roundtable on ‘Belarus – Religion and Death Penalty’ in Minsk on 21 June 2013 as part of the discussions to […]
June 15, 2013

ICDP and the 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty, 12-15 June 2013

ICDP’s delegation was led by its President Federico Mayor and included Commissioners Robert Badinter, Hanne Sophie Greve and Rodolfo Mattarollo. In addition to participating in Roundtables […]
May 30, 2013

International Network of Academics for the Abolition of Capital Punishment’s preparatory conference for the 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty, Madrid

The International Network of Academics for the Abolition of Capital Punishment has organized a conference on 11 June to prepare for the 5th World Congress against […]
May 15, 2013

World Congress against the Death Penalty, Madrid 12-15 June 2013

The 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty will take place in Madrid from 12 to 15 June 2013. More than 1,500 people from over 90 […]
February 25, 2013

UN Human Rights Council event calls for global abolition of the death penalty

The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) held a high-level side event with senior representatives from the government’s of Norway and Spain, the UN Deputy […]
February 22, 2013

University conference on the death penalty organized by Helsinki Spain, 22 February Madrid 2013

On the 22 of February, Helsinki Spain in organizing a university conference on the death penalty in Madrid. The President of the ICDP Mr. Mayor will […]
December 21, 2014

3rd Jakarta Human Rights Dialogue on Rights to Life and Moratorium of Death Penalty in the ASEAN Region

ICDP Commissioner Ioanna Kucuradi participated at the 3rd Jakarta Human Rights Dialogue on Rights to Life and Moratorium of Death Penalty in the ASEAN Region (JHRD) […]
October 16, 2014

ICDP Commissioners participate in events commemorating the 12th World Day against the Death Penalty

ICDP Commissioners observed the World Day against the Death Penalty by participating in events organised in Geneva, Beirut and Madrid. Please read our statement. For further information:Article […]
October 9, 2014

Justice that kills – The death penalty in the 21st century

On the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, the EU Delegation and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in Geneva will […]
October 1, 2014

ICDP at United Nations high-level event at UNGA, New York on “Moving Away from the Death Penalty: National Leadership”

On 25 September, the United Nations (UN)’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights held a high-level event during the 69th session of the UN […]
June 19, 2014

Side-Event on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

On 18 June 2014, the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) organized a high-level Side-Event on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Second […]
April 11, 2014

Combatting Torture and Abolishing the Death Penalty in the OSCE Region: Two sides of the same coin?

ICDP Commissioner Ioanna Kuçuradi participated in the side event “Combatting Torture and Abolishing the Death Penalty in the OSCE Region: two sides of the same coin?” that took […]
February 27, 2014

High Level Panel Discussion on the Question of the Death Penalty

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a High Level Panel Discussion on the Question of the Death Penalty, on […]
February 25, 2014

UN Human Rights Council event on International Actions with the view to abolishing the death penalty

On the occasion of the high-level segment of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Missions of Algeria, Argentina, France, Italy, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland and the International […]
December 4, 2015

ICDP Commissioner Hanne Sophie Greve participates in 3rd Oslo International Symposium on Capital Punishment

On 6-8 December, the University of Oslo and the Universities against the Death Penalty Network is organizing the 3rd Oslo International Symposium on Capital Punishment and […]
November 16, 2015

Regional Conference in the Caribbean, Georgetown, Guyana

The European Union, in cooperation with the British High Commission and the International Commission against the Death Penalty,organized a Caribbean regional conference consisting of keynote speeches […]
September 23, 2015
From left to right: ICDP Honorary Commissioner Mr. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Rector of the University of Castilla- La Mancha Mr. Miguel Ángel Collado and ICDP President Mr. Federico Mayor.

ICDP participates in conference on “Prospects for the international abolition of the death penalty” in Toledo, Spain

On 8 September 2015, ICDP President Mr. Federico Mayor, Honorary Commissioner Mr. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, President of ICDP Support Group Ambassador Vilardell and ICDP Secretary […]
March 23, 2015

ICDP President meets with Pope Francis

On 20 March 2015, ICDP President Mr Federico Mayor met Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican and discussed issues related to the abolition […]
March 14, 2015

ICDP Commissioners participate in the biennial high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty at the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva

On 4 March 2014, ICDP Commissioners Mr Mohammed Bedjaoui and Ms Ruth Dreifuss participated in the first Biennial high-level panel discussion organized by the UN Office […]
March 14, 2015

Third session on the death penalty by Helsinki Spain

On 5 March, President Mayor participated in the “III Session on the death penalty” organized in Madrid by Helsinki Spain. Mr. Mayor spoke about “Abolition of […]
December 10, 2016

ICDP visits Belarus to participate in conference on the “Abolition of the Death Penalty and Public Opinion” in Belarus

ICDP Commissioner Hanne Sophie Greve participated at a conference titled ”Abolition of the Death Penalty and Public Opinion” which was organized by the Council of Europe […]
November 21, 2016

Killing in the name of justice? The death penalty in the 21st century

To mark the World Day against the Death Penalty, ICDP Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss participated in an event organized by the EU Delegation to the UN in […]
July 6, 2016

6th World Congress against the Death Penalty in Oslo

From 21 to 23 of June, ICDP participated in the 6th edition of the World Congress against the Death Penalty that took place in Oslo, Norway. […]
April 26, 2016
death penalty

Official Signature Ceremony of the Founding Act in Madrid

ICDP held, on 25 April 2016 in Madrid, the Official Signature Ceremony of the Founding Act of ICDP as an organization according to Spanish law. Participants […]
September 3, 2017

ICDP participates in the International Human Rights Summit in Madrid

ICDP President Federico Mayor Zaragoza participated at the closing ceremony of the Madrid Summit. This International Human Rights Conference organized by the WorldPride Madrid 2017 Organizing […]
October 4, 2018

ICDP event on the 16th World Day against the Death Penalty

On the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October, ICDP is organizing a panel discussion at Casa Arabe, Madrid at 19.30h […]
January 29, 2018

ICDP events on the occasion of the staging of the Opera “Dead Man Walking” in Madrid.

On 25 January 2018, the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP or Commission) co-organized a round table panel discussion titled “Dead Man Walking: culture of […]
January 18, 2018

“Dead Man Walking: Culture of violence, death penalty and redemption”

On the occasion of the premiere of the opera of “Dead Man Walking” (26 Jan), the International Commission against the death Penalty (CIPM), in collaboration with […]
June 23, 2019
ICDP invitation Side Event 2019

High-Level Side Event at the UN on 30th anniversary of the Second Optional Protocol to ICCPR

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Commission Against Death […]
March 10, 2019

ICDP participates in the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty in Brussels

A delegation of the International Commission against the Death Penalty led by President Judge Navi Pillay participated in the Seventh World Congress against the Death Penalty […]
February 20, 2019
Programa jornada universitaria sobre la pena de muerte

ICDP participates in the 2019 “Jornada Universitaria sobre la Pena de Muerte” by Helsinki Spain

ICDP will participate in the 2019 “Jornada Universitaria sobre la Pena de Muerte” organized by Helsinki Spain on Friday 22 February.. For further information, please see attached.
February 20, 2019

On the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty ICDP organised a side event: “States abolish the death penalty: experiences and lessons learnt”

On the occasion of the 7th World Congress against the Death Penalty,the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP), is organising a side event, “How States […]
December 11, 2020
Commission against the Death Penalty webinar

The International Commission against the Death Penalty hosted a webinar on 14 December 2020

To celebrate Human Rights Day, the International Commission against the Death Penalty will host a webinar on 14 December 2020. The event will be special as 2020 marks the tenth anniversary for the Commission, which was founded in October 2010 in Madrid
December 10, 2020
human rights in crisis

Director of Policy Narayan participated on the 10th of December to the Virtual Conference on the Death Penalty on Executions in the US

A week of live/interactive on-line panel discussions or events were organized by the USA NGOs death penalty action, Indiana abolition Coalition, Journey of Hope, Terre Haute death penalty Resistance and the Social justice Workers on the issue of “Human Rights in Crisis: The US Federal Execution Spree”
November 30, 2020
City for Life

On the 30th of November “City for Life” was celebrated through a webinar with the participation of ICDP President Navi Pillay

On November 30 of each year, the Day of Cities for Life - against the Death Penalty commemorates the first abolition of the death penalty in 1786 by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany
November 30, 2020
High level Meeting

Meeting of High-Level Representatives of the Support Group for the 10th Anniversary of the creation of ICDP

On the 13 October 2020, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of ICDP, a high-level meeting with respected personalities from the Support Group Member States took place virtually on the invitation of the Minister of Foreign European Union and Cooperation of Spain Arancha González Laya. The meeting was also an opportunity to celebrate and commend Kazakhstan for its recent accession to the Second Optional Protocol
November 4, 2020
Invitation side-event

On 5 November, ICDP participated in the webinar “Death penalty: from application to a universal moratorium”

On 5 November, ICDP participated in the webinar "Death penalty: from application to a universal moratorium", organized by Ensemble Contre le Peine de Mort
October 26, 2020
La Pena de Muerte en las Américas: ¿Un Problema del Pasado?

On 23 October, ICDP participated in a Virtual Seminar on “La Pena de Muerte en las Américas: ¿Un Problema del Pasado?”, organized by PGA’s National Group and the Parliamentary Group on Human Rights in the National Assembly of Ecuador

On 23 October, Executive Director Asunta Vivo participated in a Virtual seminar on "La Pena de Muerte en las Americas: ¿Un Problema del Pasado?"
February 19, 2021
Tsakhia Elbegdorj commissioner ICOMDP

Participation of ICDP Commissioner former President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj in the UN Biennial high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty

ICDP Commissioner and former President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj participated on 23 February in the biannual high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty during the 46th session of the Human Rights Council